Urbanization in the United Kingdom 2019

The degree of urbanization in the United Kingdom amounted to 83.65 percent in 2019. This shows almost a three percentage point increase over the past decade. The upward trend, though slow, has been consistently positive.

What is urbanization?

The rate of urbanization indicates the shift away from rural living as people come together in densely populated cities. The United Kingdom is much more urban than the worldwide average. This puts people in closer proximity to jobs, health care, stores, and social opportunities, leading to better economic, health, and social outcomes. For example, areas with higher urbanization have a higher average life expectancy at birth.

The darker side of urbanization

London is the United Kingdom’s largest city and arguably the financial capital of Europe. However, this economic success has led to increasingly high rental prices, which is an indication of the high cost of living in the city. The higher population density can also lead in an increase in crime. London has one of the highest homicide rates in England and Wales. In spite of these drawbacks, London continues to draw millions of overseas tourists every year.

United Kingdom: Degree of urbanization from 2009 to 2019

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Release date

July 2020


United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Survey time period

2009 to 2019

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